Behavior Contracting — A Strategy Brief

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Behavior contracting is a positive, goal-oriented method to motivate, monitor, and change student behavior. A behavior contract is a written contract between a student and a teacher or administrator specifying behavioral expectations. Expectations should be set through a collaborative meeting with necessary members (e.g., teacher(s), administrator(s), and the student). The use of positive rewards for meeting expectations is essential, and punishments for not meeting expectations should be avoided. Research on this strategy has demonstrated that it is a cost-effective, proactive intervention that serves as a positive alternative to suspension for student misbehavior.

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